Spring 2019

Hamid Dabashi

Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He wrote his dissertation on Max Weber's theory of charismatic authority with Philip Rieff (1922-2006), the most distinguished Freudian cultural critic of his time. Professor Dabashi has taught and delivered lectures in many North American, European, Arab, and Iranian universities.

Islam Dayeh

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Islam Dayeh is Assistant Professor of Arabic studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Executive Editor of the journal Philological Encounters (Brill). His research and teaching focus on Arabic-Islamic textual practices and intellectual history in the early modern period. He is founder and academic director of the research programme “Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship” (Berlin). He studied at the University of Jordan (BA in Islamic studies), University of Leiden (MA in Religious Studies) and University of Oxford (MSt in Jewish studies). He received his PhD in Arabic studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2012. He is currently completing two monographs. The first is a study of the intellectual landscape of Mamluk Cairo through the work of the polymath Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqā‘ī (1406-1480). The second is a study of the impact of the messianic movement of Shabbatai Zwi on the Jews of Yemen.

Brian Edwards

Dean, School of Liberal Arts, and Professor of English
Tulane University

Brian T. Edwards is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of English. He joined Tulane University on July 1, 2018.

Norma Elizondo is a writer from Mexico City, now living in New York.  She is the author of many short stories and of Punto Muerto (Mexico City, Casa Lamm), a novel that intertwines family relations with watching television.  

Julia Caterina Hartley

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Julia Caterina Hartley is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick and a member of the Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Her PhD dissertation was on Dante and Proust (Oxford, 2016). She is currently working on a second book project entitled ‘West-Eastern Encounters: Iran in French Literature (1829-1908)’, which looks at the reception of Persian literature and the perception of Iran in French-language literature in the long nineteenth century, including fiction, poetry, essays, travel writing, and drama.

Brinkley M. Messick

Professor, Anthropology and The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Columbia University

Brinkley Messick specializes in the anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law.  He is the author of The Calligraphic State (1993), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, and co-editor of Islamic Legal Interpretation (1996). His Sharīʿa Scripts: An Historical Anthropology was published Columbia University Press in 2018.His scholarly articles include "Indexing the Self: Expression and Intent in Islamic Legal Acts," Islamic Law & Society (2001); “Written Identities: Legal Subjects in an Islamic State,” History of Religions (1998);  “Genealogies of Reading and the Scholarly Cultures of Islam,” in S. Humphreys,  ed. Cultures of Scholarship (1997); and “Textual Properties: Writing and Wealth in a Yemeni Shari a Case,” Anthropology Quarterly (1995).

Prasad Pannian

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
Columbia University in the City of New York

Dr. Prasad Pannian is Associate Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, Central University of Kerala, India. He is the author of Edward Said and the Question of Subjectivity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 2016.

Dominique Reill

Associate Professor, History
University of Miami

Dominique Kirchner Reill specializes in Modern European history with particular emphases on the Nineteenth Century, post-World War I Europe, post-World War II Europe, regionalism, nationalism, southern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, as well as cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and the former BRD (West Germany). She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1997, during which time she also studied at the Università di Bologna. She also studied Croatian language and literature at the Filozofski fakultet in Zagreb and Serbian language and literature in Belgrade. She received her Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University in 2007. Prior to coming to Miami, she taught at both Columbia and New York Universities. She received tenure within the University of Miami’s History Department in 2013, when she was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the University of Miami’s College of Arts & Sciences in recognition of her scholarly and creative activities. She is the U.S. Editor of the journal Contemporary European History, an editor of the Purdue University Press book series Central European Studies, as well as the Director of Cognates for the University of Miami’s History Department.